Binding, crochet and quilting – day after day the same old stuff it seems. When you are trying to finish some things it just gets kind of dull doesn’t it. Nothing new to blog about! Yesterday was also the day to go to Wal-Mart as there were things I needed that could not be gotten at the Neighborhood Market so a trip to Wally World was called for – I normally avoid that store as much as possible the month of December and if you chose to go you should allow extra time – 1 – do not go if you are on a time limit and 2- do not get angry if the lady in front of you has a mountain of things to check out!! LOL – 3– really just chill and relax – 4- get your phone out and start texting – daughter #2 and I have been doing that a lot lately and got in a lot of conversation before it was my turn to toss my stuff up on the belt to get checked out.
I do have one side of Hopscotch binding finished!! 3 more to go.
Ciera’s hat grew a little more – I started to decrease stitches this last row. The great thing about yarn is if it doesn’t turn out you can unravel it and try all over again – if I get it done in time for Christmas that is ok but it is not planed for a Christmas gift but a winter gift – she lives in Wisconsin after all where it is winter half the year! (or feels like it)
This much left to do on Postage Stamp before I roll it down again. 40 hours of quilting on it now.
I think it is about time to get in a little baking soon – what is your favorite cookie/bread/candy that you make for the Christmas Holiday or whatever holiday you celebrate if you do? I have a ginger cookie recipe that a couple of my readers found they love and make them every year now. I found the recipe on a previous blog post from some years back and cut and pasted – Marianne makes them every year now. I found a ginger bread recipe that I think I will try out this year.
4 1/2 cups of flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar put aside in a bowl
In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening on low speed until it is softened. Add the sugar, eggs, and molasses. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Shape into the size ball to make small, medium or large cookies. For instance if you want giant cookies use about a 1/4 cup of mixture. If you want smaller cookies like the ones I have pictured above make walnut size balls or a little larger.
Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place on greased baking pans. Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes – check for brownness. If you over bake the cookies will be crunchy, I did some for 16 minutes to have crunchy cookies and some at 13 to 14 minutes to have chewy.
The walnut size balls will give you about 4 to 5 dozen cookies. Large will give you about 2 dozen.
Craftsy has a two day sale on some classes – might be worth it to check it out. Did you know you can gift a class – when you go to order a class look for the “gift this class” and follow the instructions.